Yankees and Red Sox to meet in opener

The World Series champion New York Yankees will play the Boston Red Sox in the major league Sunday night opener on April 4.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 nationally but will be blacked out on the ESPN2 in the areas of the two teams, where it will be broadcast on their local networks. The game originally had been scheduled for Monday, April 5.

When the schedule was announced in September, Yankees ace CC Sabathia anticipated the shift.

“It'll be cold. We know that for sure,” he said, laughing. “To get in there right away and mix it up will definitely be good for baseball. I'm sure it'll be like a Sunday night baseball game or something like that, so that'll be cool.”

New York also closes the season at Fenway Park and plays Boston six times in its last 10 games.

The rivals also opened the season at Yankee Stadium in 2005 following Boston's first World Series title since 1918. The Yankees hold an 18-10 advantage in openers against the Red Sox with one tie.

The defending champion has played in Sunday night game in five of the last six years

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